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Smart Take | €2 Billion Pledged in Paris to Aid Sudan's Famine-Stricken Population

April 26, 20242:02

At the recent International Humanitarian Conference in Paris, world donors pledged €2.1 billion in aid for Sudan, which has plunged into chaos after a year-long war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The former Ambassador of Sudan, Nureldin Satti, reacts to the outcome of the Conference. He talks about the importance of the civilian presence and contribution, what the regional and international communities should be doing to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table, and the importance of restraining the external factors fueling the war.

Video Transcript

  • This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

    The Paris conference was a good initiative that has put Sudan again on the map and the pledges that were made, an amount of €2 billion, come a long way in order to  to help Sudan get out of this predicament. They will not be, of course, enough to cover all the needs of the victims of the war. But I think  it's an important step. 

    Another thing which was very important is that, civilians got together, in order to discuss how they can work together in order to move Sudan out of this predicament. And the conference participants place also to help Sudan solve the war, and provide more, humanitarian assistance to the victims of the war. We civilians have the responsibility of trying to put pressure on them in order to accept, to stop the war and to start with reciprocal talking to each other. 

    The regional and international community also needs to play our role in this respect, and in order to be able to do that, they have to put their acts together and coordinate their actions so that they can create, joint leverage on them. and I think this is, key. This is very important. 

    And most importantly, also, those who are also are helping the two sides, who are providing them with, guns and ammunition and supplies, particularly those who are helping the RSFs. If, see, at the end of the day, realize that, fueling the role, the war and the continuation of the war that not, is not in anybody's interest and that this war is continues, it will, you know, for, you know, finish in the dismembering and the fragmentation of Sudan.


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Ambassador Nureldin Satti

Co-Chair, Wilson Center's Sudans Working Group;
Retired UN Senior Official; Former Ambassador of Sudan to the United States, France, Portugal, Switzerland and the Vatican
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